Mother's Day Gift Guide: What We're Buying the Amazing Moms in Our Lives
L'OCCITANE PEONY SET
Lindsay Schallon, Senior Style Editor: Growing up, I could always guess what my mom was going to give me for my birthday, holidays – really any special occasion. A basket full of lotions and bath products, which she'd decorate and arrange herself. Unfortunately, I didn't inherit her DIY gene. But lucky for me L'Occitane knows how to package a beautiful set of peony (Mom's favorite flowers!) scented products. I know she'll appreciate how luxe and soft the brand's cult-fave products will leave her hands feeling.
Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor: My mom is the queen of the beautifully-written thank you note, a trait I'm proud to have inherited. So this super-luxe crown-embossed notecard set is perfect for her. (As a bonus, the crown will also serve to elegantly remind everyone who's the boss around here.)
ACK BABY WRAP
Jackie Fields, Beauty Writer: After my best friend, a new mom, recited a laundry list of Mother's Day wishes that included "a housekeeper, a glass of wine" and "eight hours of magical, uninterrupted sleep," she then sighed, "I've been searching for a woven baby wrap so I can have some fashion whilst wearing my baby." Et, voilà! I hit the Internet and found this adorable, 100 percent organic option from ACK Wrap. Stylish? Very. Simple? Yes! And since my bestie is also craving vino (though she's a long way from taking a sip), I may just put a bottle inside the wrap and ship the two together. Now that's a bundle of joy.
J.JILL COMPASSION FUND STAR BRACELET
Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: My mom is one of those unbelievably kind and generous people who loves to help others. She works all year on a huge project called the Back 2 School Store which enables economically disadvantaged children to get brand-new clothing, sneakers and school supplies. Plus, she's also active in Career Closet which gives women free clothing and accessories for the workplace. So I know she'll love this bracelet since it supports a fund for disadvantaged and homeless women. Plus, the star is appropriate since she's my personal superstar.
MICHAEL KORS SUNGLASSES
Colleen Kratofil, Writer/Reporter: My mom likes to keep a pair of sunglasses stashed throughout the house, by the pool, in the car. But for as many shades as she owns, she doesn’t have one great "splurge-y" pair. So I figured these Michael Kors sunnies would make a perfect staple for her purse. Bonus: She shares initials with Kors, so she loves that his items come with "free" monogramming. Not to worry, mom – hint received.
VINCE CAMUTO TOTE
Brittany Talarico, Style News Editor: I'm the oldest in my family, which means I'm in charge of organizing the group sibling Mother's Day gift. And this year we decided to splash out on a new tote for my mom – one that she can mainly use for travel. (She's hinted at wanting a new carry on!) This two-tone leather design is perfect for the plane and the neutral colors go with just about any chic traveling outfit. (My mom doesn't believe in sweats on a plane.)
Brittany Talarico, Style News Editor: My mom is the mom who says, "Don't get me anything for Mother's Day. Just a card." But since I know she doesn't really mean it, and I also know how much she appreciates flowers, I'm going traditional. And I'm super psyched to test out BloomNation, the service that promises handcrafted bouquets and actually sends you a photo of the finished product before it's delivered to your mom. There are no stock images featured on the site either – all photos are original creations from the florists. (I feel like this is a gift that would make Blake Lively very proud.)
THE GIVING KEYS NECKLACE
Sarah Kinonen, Editorial Assistant: Buying gifts for my mother isn't as easy as one would imagine. Sure, I could get her some chocolate since it practically runs through her veins, but that would be too easy. Flowers are too cliché. And because her style borders on "weekend wear," a nice blouse or sweater is out of the question. So what am I getting my mom for her day of appreciation? An adorable necklace that gives back. The Giving Keys comes in a variety of metals with different inspirational messages on each and are hand-made by those experiencing homelessness. While I know she'd much enjoy the candy, this charitable gift will mean much more to the both of us.
KIT AND ACE BLANKET
Catherine Kast, Style Editor: I know that a scarf might seem like a predictable gift for a mom, but that just means if you get her one it better be the best. The one I'm buying is the Pacific Blanket from Lululemon founder Chip Wilson's latest line, Kit and Ace. It's cotton with a touch of cashmere, meaning it's not too fussy but still luxe – perfect for my mom, who would look fab with this layered effortlessly over her to-and-from ballet class look.
PHYSIQUE 57 CARDIO SCULPT
Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director: My sister-in-law is about to give birth to her second daughter (my niece Skylar is two) so it's been awhile since she's been able to hit the gym hard, something she used to do often before becoming a mom. So I'm getting her a few sessions at Physique 57, the celeb-loved workout (mom-of-three Kelly Ripa claims it made her butt "higher") that blends killer barre-based exercises with cardio, strength-training and stretching, plus a DVD so she can squeeze in workouts at home and be back in her bikini this summer.
HAT ATTACK BAG
Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor: My good friend recently had a baby, and the thing that shocked me most was how much stuff has to get from Point A to Point B. So a roomy, sturdy tote that can withstand anything (but is still cute – this is N.Y.C. after all) is a must. I'm getting her this orange-striped tote for a park-and-stroller-friendly find she'll reach for again and again.
CHUAO CHOCOLATIER BREAKFAST IN BED BOX
Regan Stephens, Photo Editor: Growing up, each Mother’s Day my well-meaning siblings and I would painstakingly prepare breakfast and present it proudly to our Mom in bed. Since we won’t be together this year, I’ll send her Chuao’s breakfast-inspired chocolates instead. Hopefully coffee buttercreams and maple bacon caramels will spark fond memories, while sparing her from burnt toast and a 6am wake-up call.